Title: Dean Emeritus
Company: University of Hawaii
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Dr. Chuck Yim Gee, Dean Emeritus at the University of Hawaii, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration and higher education.
Dr. Gee is a prominent figure in the fields of academic administration and education, having amassed nearly 60 years of industry experience. Most recently serving as a regent on the Board of Regents for the University of Hawaii Systems from 2009 to 2016, he notably acted as the interim dean in the College of Business Administration at the University of Hawaii from 1998 until attaining emeritus status in 2000. Prior to these illustrious roles, he was a dean and professor in the School of Travel and Industry Management at the University of Hawaii from 1976 to 1999, having formerly served as an associate dean from 1968 to 1975. He commenced his career as a consultant for the East West Center in Honolulu, HI, from 1968 to 1974 and associate director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at the University of Denver from 1958 to 1968.
Alongside his primary vocational endeavors, Dr. Gee has been serving as an honorary professor at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, since 1987, the Beijing International Studies University since 1985, the department of tourism at Huaqiao University since 1995, Shanghai Normal University since 2004, Shunde Polytechnic University since 2005, and Hubei University since 2006, among others. Likewise, he has been a consultant on tourism development in Tianjin since 2009 and in the Fujian Province in China since 2004. Earlier in his career, he was the founding chairman of the Governors Tourism Training Council in Honolulu from 1989 to 1992, having subsequently been a member of the State Workforce Development Council from 1997 to 1998 and Pacific Asia Travel Association Human Resource Development Council from 1996 to 1998. He has also sat on the board of directors of ProjectonNet.com.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Gee pursued formal education at the City College of San Francisco, where he earned an Associate of Arts in 1957. That same year, he received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Denver. Relocating to Michigan, he subsequently obtained a Master of Arts from Michigan State University in 1958. After gaining prominence in the field, Dr. Gee received honorary doctorates from Chinese Culture University and the University of Denver.
A prolific author, Dr. Gee has written myriad books regarding travel, tourism and management, including “Resort Development and Management,” “The Travel Industry,” “Professional Travel Agency Management,” “World Resorts: From Development to Management” and “International Tourism: A Global Perspective,” among many others. The founding director of the China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce in 1998, he also formerly served on the advisory boards of the Asian Hotelier Magazine and Get2Hawaii.com.
In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments within the industry, Dr. Gee has maintained affiliation with several organizations, such as the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, where he acts as an emeritus member. Likewise, he has been involved with the Pacific Asia Travel Association, where he acts as an honorary lifetime member of the Hawaii chapter, the Travel Industry Association of America, the China Tourism Association and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the tourism and management industries, Dr. Gee has accrued numerous accolades and honors. The recipient of the Grand Award, Life Award and Presidential Award from the Pacific Asia Travel Association, he also received the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders Award from the Travel Industry Association of America, an Award of Excellence and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the China Tourism Association, and the Dean Chuck Yim Gee Excellence in Creative Film Achievements Award from the China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. Named one of 100 Who Made a Difference in Hawaii during the 20th Century by Star Bulletin, he was named State Manager of the Year by the Office of the Governor of the State of Hawaii and had a scholarship named in his honor through the National Tourism Foundation. Furthermore, he was named to the Pacific Asia Travel Association Gallery of Legends with a permanent plaque mounted at Honolulu International Airport. Most notably, however, the University of Hawaii named a facility in his honor, entitled the Chuck Yim Gee Technical Learning Center, through the University of Hawaii Foundation in 2003. Dr. Gee has been highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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